The Life Cube at Burning Man 2013

Dear friends & supporters:

I can not begin to describe how phenomenal the experience as an artist at Burning Man was this year.  Over 100 people, and so many more friends and family donated time, money, and equipment to make this dream a reality. 

The Life Cube was everything I envisioned a year ago.  We spent much of the past year working on design, planning, recruiting volunteers, getting the word out to artists about the Tapestry Wall, fund-raising, logistics, identifying vendors, and obtaining materials, supplies, tools, and equipment.  We spent the summer months in Reno on the pre-playa build and a lighting plan.  We had a truck driver with a 53 foot flat bed, 2 panel trucks, and assorted vehicles bring everything to the Black Rock Desert a week before the event.  The playa construction and assembly involved over 25 people. We completed construction on Sunday night. 

When the gates opened, 1000s of people came and interacted with the Cube.  They climbed, wrote their goals, dreams, aspirations, and wishes on wish-stick postcards.  They drew on the write-boards.  We had over 100 artists from around the world submit 2×2 foot panels that taken together created an enormous tapestry wall.  We had on site muralists devote days to adding more fantastic art to the Cube and a gallery of photos of Burning Man over past years by nine major photographers that offered an historical perspective of the festival.  A friend introduced sacred geometry into the art. 

And at the end of the week we burned it, in a fiery ceremony attended by many thousands of people who returned to say goodbye to the Cube.  This was not a life-changing event, but it was most definitely one of the most amazing weeks of my life.  Huge thanks and gratitude to all of you who helped in the design, funding, build, burn and clean-up efforts.  Your friendship and support was invaluable. 

I will post as many pictures as possible.  And if you took photos or video, or see pics of the Cube, please email a link or share them.  There were so many photographers and so much video taken — as it comes my way we will post them.  If you are on facebook, you can see more at www.facebook.com/thelifecube

Thank you all!

skeeter
Artist, The Life Cube

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About The Life Cube Project

The Life Cube creates electrifying public installations emphasizing interactive and collaborative art. Its dual mission connects art with community, and inspires participants to articulate and share their goals and dreams. This project encourages participants to look at their past, engage in the present, and set goals for the future. It is based on the artist’s belief that if you write down what you want to accomplish in life, the chances of attaining it is much, much higher! Tens of thousands of "Cube-ists" have already been positively impacted by their experience with the Life Cube Project, at Burning Man, in downtown Las Vegas and beyond. We're in the planning stages to bring the Life Cube Project to cities and arts festivals across the country and around the world! At each installation, local volunteers, teachers and school children, artists, builders, performers and other visionaries interact with the Cube every hour of every day. Its exterior, which incorporates many writeable and climbable surfaces, is a constantly changing swirl of painted murals, drawings, and handwritten messages contributed by the community. The Cube is brilliantly illuminated at night, attracting nocturnal artists and celebrants attracted by the colorful light show, with spots and lasers serving as a beacon in the evening skies. The Life Cube encourages the expression of goals, wishes, dreams, and aspirations in mural art, on wish-stick postcards, and with personal inscriptions on message boards. On selected evenings and weekends, area musicians and entertainers perform, culminating in a special closing event that gathers thousands of residents and visitors in a magical community celebration. At the end of the installation, in a spectacular fiery ceremony, the Cube and all of the gathered wishes are burned together and sent up into the Universe in a sacred shower of sparks and flame. Since 2010, the Life Cube Project has inspired over a thousand donors to contribute funds supporting the project, and even more have given of their time, talent and spirit. We're grateful for your support, as we hope to bring the Life Cube Project to more communities of artists and dreamers in days to come!
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